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The team at NCCEH regularly presents at environmental health events across Canada in addition to organizing workshops and meetings on various developing topics. A select listing of our presentations made at conferences and other meetings is available here.

Please contact us to find out if we can contribute to an upcoming event.

BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations 2015

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

 Title 1: Knowledge Translation and the Public Health Inspector: Turning Evidence into PracticeSpeaker: Charlene Tang, British Columbia Institute of TechnologyAbstract: This study focuses on knowledge translation – the process of using the best available knowledge to inform decision-making. PHIs are tasked with the critical responsibility of protecting public health. However, there is little data available about how effective and consistent current methods of distributing information to professionals across Canada are. The purpose of this research is to address this deficit by determining: (1) what information PHIs use when making public health decisions, (2) how PHIs go about finding the information required, and (3) the level of trust invested into each source of data. …
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Pickling, fermentation, packaging and canning issues: is pH 4.6 the magic number?

Topics: Food

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speaker: Dr. Brian A. Nummer, Utah State University

Abstract: Acid, pickled and fermented foods are trending with small commercial and home-based food producers. What concerns in preparation, ingredients, packaging and acidification are there? Are these foods really lower risk? Is a home-based kitchen safe? How is shelf life determined? How does the processor know if refrigeration is safe? Can these foods be thermally processed for ambient storage? All of these questions will be answered and topped off with a brief discussion on inspections, traceability, and recall issues.

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Foodborne Chemical Toxins

Topics: Food

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speaker: Reza Afshari, MD, MPH, PhD. Senior Scientist, Toxicology, BCCDC

Abstract: Chemical exposures have been associated with a variety of health effects. Food can be a major pathway through which the general population is exposed to certain types of chemicals. For some chemicals, food accounts for 100% of human exposures. The results of a 10-year project at the World Health Organization on Foodborne Chemical Toxins, the first project of its kind at the WHO, have been released in December 2015. Our team has estimated that four chemicals, cyanide in cassava, peanut allergen, aflatoxin, and dioxin, were responsible globally for 339,000 illnesses, 20,000 deaths and 1,012,000 DALYs in 2010. The significant impact of chemicals in the food supply on the global burden of…

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On Shaky Ground - Evidence of Public Health Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speaker: Anne-Marie Nicol, MES, PhD, Environmental Health Scientist, NCCEH

Abstract: This seminar describes the processes involved in shale gas production, including hydraulic fracturing, and provides an overview of the main public health concerns that can arise from the various stages. Potential exposures in air, water and at the community level are discussed, along with the current state of the evidence of regarding these exposures in the US and Canada. The presentation also includes an overview of the seismic risks that can occur specifically from hydraulic fracturing and waste water disposal.

 

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The 2013 Lac-Mégantic tragedy: The public health response then and now

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speaker: Dr. Mélissa Généreux, Director, Estrie Public Health

Abstract: As the head of Estrie Public Health, Dr Mélissa Généreux led the public health response during and after the Lac Mégantic train derailment tragedy on July 6, 2013. She retrospectively conducted a comprehensive analysis of direct services provided by her team during the first weeks (i.e. emergency response operations) and months (i.e. recovery operations). During this session, she will share lessons learned from the Public Health response during and after the tragedy. As the Principal Investigator of a large public health survey conducted in 2014 and 2015 in the Estrie region involving more than 10,000 subjects, she will also highlight the long-term psychological impacts of the Lac-Mégantic…

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BCIT Environmental Health Student Presentations 2016

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

 Title 1: Effect of pH and temperature on food safety of kombucha teaSpeaker: Ryan Hammel, BCIT Environmental Health StudentAbstract: Kombucha tea is prepared through fermentation at room temperature during which acidic by-products are produced, lowering the overall pH of the tea. Though the pH eventually reaches levels below 4.6, potential food safety issues have been identified. The relationship of pH and time during fermentation at both room and refrigeration temperatures was investigated to better assess these food safety issues. Title 2: EHO’s knowledge of sensory deprivation tanks ​Speaker: Alyssa Zambon, BCIT Environmental Health StudentAbstract: This research project focuses on EHO's knowledge of sensory deprivation tanks. Age, geographic location where EHOs worked,…
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Climate change adaptation in public health : Over 10 years of progress in Quebec

Topics: Climate Change

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speaker: Céline Campagna, Responsable scientifique adjointe, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Abstract: In 2007, the Quebec government released its Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) which included an important public health adaptation component. The ministry of Health and Social Services mandated the Public Health Institute (INSPQ) for the development, management and implementation of the whole program. With the ongoing 2013-2021 CCAP, we are stepping forward to more concerted and larger-scale projects on urban heat islands reduction, research and monitoring of adaptation knowledge and behaviours, a strategy to reduce allergenic pollens, psychosocial surveillance and interventions after major meteorological events, etc. This presentation will provide an…

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Community Impacts of Fuel Spills: a Case Study from BC’s Northern Coast

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speakers:Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk NationLinda Pillsworth, Manager of Environmental Public Health Services, FNHAAngela Eykelbosh, Environmental Health & Knowledge Translation Scientist, NCCEH/BCCDC

Abstract:In the first of two BCCDC Environmental Health Seminars focusing on oil/fuel spills and public health, Chief Marilyn Slett and Linda Pillsworth will speak on the still-unfolding events and impacts of the Bella Bella diesel spill that occurred in October 2016. This case study will provide a brief timeline of the spill events, community perspectives on health impacts, a description of measures used to support the community, and a discussion of existing and upcoming challenges.A brief primer on the health effects of large marine spills on human…

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Guidance for the Characterization and Management of Public Health Risks from the Acute Release of Chemicals of Concern: Crude Oil

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speaker: Marc Lafontaine, Science Advisor, Health Canada

Abstract: The Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (CEPRU) of Health Canada is developing guidance documents to assist public health and emergency management practitioners in preparing for and responding to the acute release of high-risk chemicals. These guidance documents are intended to be used for awareness and education purposes; they cover considerations spanning the emergency management continuum of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. They are complementary to chemical-specific response data sheets, include case studies, and promote freely available authoritative data sources and risk management best practices. Using a common structure and Q&A style, guidance documents for…

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Widening the Health Lens in the Environmental Impact Assessment Process: Lessons Learned in the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project

The BCCDC/NCCEH Environmental Health Seminar Series provides an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on a variety of environmental health topics. The seminars can be attended in-person or online.

Speaker: Laura Chow, Environmental Health Officer, Built Environment Team, Vancouver Coastal Health

Abstract: The George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project is a large scale project that elicited a number of strong opinions, both for and against, the removal of the existing tunnel and its replacement with a 10-lane bridge. This presentation will firstly provide an overview of the project, and will then discuss Vancouver Coastal Health's Built Environment Team's involvement in the Environmental Assessment process. The presentation will review the health issues that the team brought forward in its comments; the learning opportunities that emerged from its participation; and a prospective look forward at how the team hopes it can be more intimately involved in similar…

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Introduction to Food Environments: Contextualizing Retail Food Environment Assessments for Public Health Inspectors

Topics: Food

Poster presentation from the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Ontario Branch) 2016 Annual Conference.

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NCCEH: Linking Research with Practice

Poster presentation from the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (Ontario Branch) 2016 Annual Conference.

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Communicating the Risk of Infectious Diseases in a Changing Climate

A changing climate brings the threat of emerging, new infectious diseases and the resurgence of old infectious outbreaks. To ensure that public health professionals and policy makers receive timely information, effective risk communication must be used.

NCCEH and NCCID jointly presented a webinar last year that provided different perspectives on communicating risk in an “environment of change". The objectives of the webinar were to:

present a range of perspectives on good risk communication for public health stakeholders andto discuss how public health can contribute to effective messaging by providing some examples of emerging and resurging infectious diseases in the context of a changing climate.

Presenters:

Craig Stephen, DVM, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British ColumbiaAnne-Marie Nicol, PhD, Environmental Health and…
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Public Health Ethics: A Case in Environmental Health

In this webinar, co-presented by NCCHPP and NCCEH, participants discussed the evidence and ethics of a case involving radon.

Presenters:

Anne-Marie Nicol, Environmental Health Scientist at the NCCEHMichael Keeling and Olivier Bellefleur, Research Officers at the NCCHPP 

The webinar, co-presented by NCCHPP and NCCEH on November 29, 2016, featured a case involving radon testing at daycares and highlighted both evidence and ethics. This webinar was developed primarily for public health inspectors, but was also intended to be of interest for a general audience. Our goal was to present the case and a brief discussion of the evidence regarding risk, remediation and some of the issues facing inspectors, parents, building owners and managers, not to mention homeowners and the general public. Then we turned our attention to considering the ethical issues raised by the case. To do this, we presented an ethics framework in order to guide ethical deliberation in which participants…

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Conducting a Literature Search and Semi-Systematic Review: The NCCEH Approach

Evidence-informed decision-making seeks to incorporate both scientific or academic knowledge, as well as the practical knowledge of public health professionals. However, the use of scientific evidence is hindered by a number of factors, particularly the lack of an easy-to-use protocol to search, appraise and synthesize academic sources in a timely manner. In this document, we provide an overview of semi-systematic literature reviews as a way to incorporate scientific evidence into EIDM, and we provide a step-by-step protocol encompassing literature search, critical appraisal, and synthesizing new knowledge. The intent of this document is to both assist public health practitioners who wish to conduct their own reviews, as well as provide insight in to the literature review process at NCCEH.

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Creating Space: Enabling Organizational Capacity for Action on Health Equity

In September 2016, the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH) and the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), in collaboration with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) hosted two sessions about health equity and environmental public health (EPH) practice at the Annual Educational Conference of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) in Edmonton, Alberta. This was followed by a workshop at the New Brunswick Branch Education Conference in Fredericton and a presentation at the Nova Scotia Branch Education Conference in Fall River in October 2016. These sessions, including input from participants, are summarized here to provide guidance on priority action areas.

The objectives of these sessions were to:

Identify how health equity (HE) and social determinants of health (SDH) fit into a health protection mandate in environmental public health (EPH).Highlight practical ways for EPH practitioners to take…
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Evaluating a Novel Carbon Monoxide Monitoring Framework in Long-Term Care Facilities

The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) 2016

This poster highlights the findings from our evaluation of Saskatoon Health Region’s carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring policy in 10 long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Presenter: Daniel Fong

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Flint Water Crisis: Can It Happen in Canada?

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference

In January 2016 a US federal state of emergency was declared in Flint Michigan due to elevated lead concentration in the city’s drinking water. This presentation gives an overview of the Flint lead crisis and how regulation was insufficient to protect public health given human error and omission. Comparisons will be made to the Canadian regulatory system and a discussion of the role of lead monitoring in drinking water and blood lead surveillance in Canada will be presented. Effective mitigation strategies for lead in drinking water and implications for public health inspector practice in Canada will be discussed.

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Fires, Floods, and Bugs: How Climate Change Impacts Drinking Water Source Quality

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 82nd Annual National Educational Conference. 

Climate change is anticipated to have myriad potential impacts on human health, some of which may be difficult to predict. However, the effects of climate change on ground and surface water, and the concomitant risk to human health through disruptions to drinking water, have been the subject of intensive research, particularly for communities with high quality source water supplies that originate in forested watersheds. Observed and modelled impacts include changes to the quantity of water available, as well as changes in water quality. Of particular concern are the anticipated increases in frequency of sudden shifts between high- vs. low-flow conditions, as well as rapidly changing and increasingly variable water quality, which may pose a severe challenge for drinking water treatment, particularly in small water systems.

This presentation will give a brief overview of…

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Integrating Indigenous Community Planning into a Healthy Built Environment

Canadian Public Health Association Public Health 2016

In collaboration with NCCAH, this session included four presentations, each addressing different aspects of a holistic approach towards integrating the natural and built environment, economy, and health in Indigenous community planning. The following concepts emerged from the 90-minute symposium:

A healthy built environment takes into consideration community design, housing, infrastructure, air and water quality, and are associated health indicators such as walkability, proximity to traffic, access to healthy food, proximity to green space.In considering the design and planning of a healthy built environment in an Indigenous community context, it is necessary to use knowledge, methods and practice that promote self-reliance, resiliency and respect for Indigenous culture.Indigenous-led planning within a comprehensive community planning framework considers governance, land and resources, health, economy, social, culture…
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